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Massage Therapy at Lorne Park Integrated Health

Time-Tested Method of Healing

Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts dating back to 4000 years ago. Massage techniques include movable pressure, kneading, and compression for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. Medical professionals agree that up to 90% of all diseases and illnesses are caused by stress alone – a simple problem that massage therapy is designed to resolve.

Massage is used for a variety of health-related purposes, including relieving pain, rehabilitating sports injuries, reducing stress, increasing relaxation, addressing anxiety and depression, and aiding general wellness.

Providing Compassionate Care

Our team of Mississauga massage therapists are professionals providing compassionate care to optimize the patient’s health. Our Therapists motivate patients into taking responsibility for their well-being, and identify and apply the best possible treatment options and guidelines to achieve the patient’s needs and goals.

baby getting a foot massageJust as an adult can benefit from positive touch so can infants. For many years, researchers have studied the response babies have to touch or lack of touch. In one of the studies, infants were given three twenty minute massage sessions. Gentle techniques were applied to the head, shoulders, arms and feet. Those babies that were massaged showed greater responsiveness to both tactile and visual stimuli. Gastrointestinal functioning was improved which therefore increased food intake and promoted peristalsis and bowel movement. Babies that get regular massages cry less, stay relaxed for longer periods of time and sleep better.

Read more about how hand and foot massages help balance the autonomic nervous systems (ANS) of seriously ill or injured children.

Gentle and Safe

Healthy infants respond very well to regular massages. They show improved temperament and physiological health, such as reduced colic and less fussiness. The prime time to bring your baby in for a massage is when they are well-rested and fed. Their treatment ranges anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes. The therapist will use baby-friendly lotions or enriched oils. Babies seem to find abdominal and backstroking and kneading especially soothing (Brown, 1984). Gentle and rhythmical movements are applied to each joint of arms and legs. Our massage therapists can educate parents about the safe techniques to massage their infants. It can provide an opportunity for positive interaction with the baby on all levels. It allows for emotional bonding between the infant and parents as well as effecting the infant’s development for the better (Field, 1995).

Emotional Bonding Between Infant & Parents

For women with postnatal depression, baby massage can help improve not just the infant’s mood but the mother’s emotional and mental health as well. As women massage their babies it’s natural to interact and make eye contact with the baby. Baby massage can be great for dads too. Some dads may miss out on a lot of the hands-on care of their babies, especially if they are at work and their baby is breastfed. A regular massage with dad can help to bring them closer and it can become a bedtime routine.

stressed woman sitting at a table with head in her hands

Symptoms of Stress

The symptoms of stress can be physical or psychological. Stress-related physical illnesses result from long-term overstimulation of a part of the nervous system that regulates the heart rate, blood pressure, and digestive system. Stress-related emotional illness results from inadequate response to major life-changing situations, such as marriage, completing one’s education, becoming a parent, losing a job, or retirement, etc. In the workplace, stress-related illness often takes the form of burnout—a loss of interest in or ability to perform one’s job due to long-term high-stress levels.

A Major Stress Reduction Strategy

Some people find amazing benefits during the first session; others take more time to settle in and fully receive the treatment. A proven fact about massage is that the more treatments you receive the more benefits you gain.

We have experience working with adrenal issues. Start by getting a few sessions with a therapist. Your Massage Therapist will outline a personalized treatment plan to meet your short-term and long-term goals. Commit to a regular routine until you find your individual dose.

If the right provider, frequency, and plan are implemented, massage therapy can be an effective treatment for anxiety and adrenal issues. Plus, there are no negative side effects. That’s something we certainly can’t say about most of the drugs and traditional therapies used to treat mood disorders.

older person holding their knee in painRheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, presenting deteriorative properties of physiological systems as a faulty immune response. RA in its progressive stages will damage other structures and organs such as blood vessels, lungs and the pericardium. Once diagnosed, patients generally spend their lifetime using traditional and alternative therapies attempting to manage and decelerate the debilitation process (Werner, 2005). It affects the structural integrity and function of musculoskeletal joints and eventually the entire body (Osborn, 2005). The immune system mistakenly attacks the membranes and joint structures via the accumulation and stagnation of synovial fluids, initiating inflammation, pain and loss of function, called articular degeneration (Lowe, 2006).

Signs and symptoms are prominent morning stiffness and joint swelling, tenderness and pain. The distinctions associated with RA are the tendency to first affect the interphalangeal and metacarpophalangeal joints of the fingers/hands and toes/feet, as well as cause entrapment syndromes of nerves near affected joints such as the median nerve at the carpal tunnel. The development of subcutaneous nodules on protuberances of bones, bursae and tendon sheaths are also notable (Papadakis and McPhee, 2006).

Massage Therapy Can Help

Massage therapy has the ability to significantly affect systemic disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis because of its applicable methodology: the promotion of detoxification through vasodilation to assist in the removal of toxins, which can cause pain responses; the improvement of overall circulation by encouraging blood and lymph flow; the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system division by lowering blood pressure, heart rate and respiration rate inducing relaxation and stress reduction (Prekumar, 2004; O’Brien, n.d.). Gentle circular friction techniques have been used to help increase the delivery of oxygen and nutrients and assist in the removal of waste products surrounding the affected joints (Osborn, 2005). Massage therapy, when used in conjunction with other prescribed treatments, can have a positive systemic effect in the management of the symptoms and progression of an autoimmune disorder. When the joint is in an acute inflammatory stage, massage is contraindicated. However, when in remission, massage can effectively manage symptoms, prevent inflammation, and reduce joint damage (Lowe, 2006).

person getting a massage on a table

Convenient, Customizable and Comfortable

Mobile massage therapy provides an opportunity to unwind and relax in the comfort of your own home. Our experienced massage therapist Amy Weiner will bring her massage table and treat you in the space where you feel most comfortable. The mobile massage will service the area around our clinic – up to Winston Churchill, Dundas, Lakeshore and Hurontario streets.

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